In Memory of Ron McLean, Auctioneer Extraordinaire

Ronald McLean, the patriarch and founder of modern-day Waddington’s, passed away this past Saturday morning, March 25, at the age of 92.

Ron will be remembered for both his business integrity and engaging charm, but most people will also fondly recall his skill, character and humour, as a wonderful auctioneer. Whether he was selling an eclectic, one of a kind piece to an anxiously excited client at a Waddington’s regular weekly auction, or a fine painting that was destined to grace the wall of a prominent collection offered in a catalogued auction, his auctioning style was the same, delivered in his broad, Northern England accent. Informed, at the same time entertaining, and never missing a bid.

In contrast to this new era of anonymous and impersonal online auctions – Ron, sitting above the crowd and declaring an item he was offering as “not hard sold” was the classic old school auctioneer.

A celebration of Ron’s life will be held in early May at Waddington’s.
Posted: 3/27/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean

Waddington’s Canada 150 Auction

The Canada 150 auction is a special Waddington's event celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary featuring art and objects of historical and cultural significance. Some may be whimsical, others more important, all drawn together to celebrate and tell the stories of 150 years of Canadian art and culture.

Waddington's is proud to be Canada's oldest auction house, founded pre-Confederation. Our deep well of expertise crosses multiple collecting categories, showcasing our rich passion and capacity for scholarship and linking our heritage to Canada's. This specialized auction will share in the excitement of Canada’s sesquicentennial.

We are pleased to accept consignments for this auction, please contact Sean Quinn for further information:

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Posted: 1/27/2017 9:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean

Shades of Grey: Prints & Photography Auction

Shades of Grey brings together the very best prints and photography under the harmonized palette of the black-and-white, significant “must haves” to complement any collection. This specially-curated auction features highly sought after works by major masters of both mediums from 19th century legends to today’s avant-garde contemporary artists.

Shades of Grey as a theme celebrates the finest monochromatic prints and photography, covering a range of notable styles from the abstract art of Dame Barbara Hepworth (lot 12) to the architecturally inspired contemporary photography of James Nizam (lot 27) – a selection, exclusively chosen for this sale.

The leading lot in the auction is David Bailey’s coveted Box of Pin-Ups – a rare, complete collection of 36 photographs dating from 1965 (lot 1). This portfolio is a seminal photographic treatise celebrating the cult of celebrity and fashion. This portrait ensemble features superstar icons such as Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Michael Caine and David Hockney among others. Exceptionally complete portfolios such as this are scarce and we’re very excited about presenting this to the market.

Two other key lots by trailblazing artists from both the printmaking and photography world include Sybil Andrews’s Canon (sic) Street – Railway Bridge (lot 20) and Helmut Newton’s Portrait of Violetta (lot 23). A pioneering force in the art of printmaking, Canon (sic) Street is one of Andrews’s earliest etchings. In this work dating from her early career, Andrews explores a fascination with the modern transport age, a theme that was to become iconic of the artist’s career as a whole. Helmut Newton’s photography revolutionized the intimacy of the female nude and beauty and Portrait of Violetta was produced at the height of his fame. To this day, Newton’s photographs from this seminal period remain highly sought after by collectors.

Other notable highlights include graphics by iconic modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore and Joan Miro; whose legendary individualistic styles are captured in these prints.

Shades of Grey offers something for every collector. Our auction contains fascinating and groundbreaking artwork by well-known artists at affordable price points all brought together by the enigmatic palette of the monochromatic, grisaille and black-and-white.

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Posted: 10/26/2016 9:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean

Fall 2016 Prints & Photography Auctions

At Waddington's we like to try new things and with this season's upcoming fall Prints & Photography auction series we are doing just that. Waddington's has been at the forefront of new initiatives within the auction house world and the wider art market ever since our foundation in 1850. With such deep seated roots, imbedded within our industry throughout Canada, and with a stellar reputation internationally, it is with great pride that we continually adapt and respond to the needs of the art collecting public.

As tastemakers and industry leaders in the arts, we feel a responsibility to constantly advance the art market and educate collectors by curating sales that pair fresh ideas with the highest quality art pieces, with a goal of developing engaging perspectives. We live for those "Aha" moments within our practice among our collector base, reigniting existing art passions or new discoveries that lead to a lifelong relationship with a particular movement, artist or medium...or all of the above!

Our fall Fine Prints & Photography auction programming carries this strong tradition of developing new ideas and innovative ways of thinking about engaging with progressive art that forms the very cultural fabric of daily lives.

Beginning with our Fine Prints & Photography Online Auction (October 1 — October 6, which will simultaneously be on view at our Toronto gallery), this sale will feature important lots, in both media from pop art icons, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha and Robert Indiana as well as European superstars: Henry Moore, Marc Chagall, Barbara Hepworth and Salvador Dalí, just to name a few. Equally attractive to seasoned collectors, who are looking to enhance their own collections by exploring different mediums, but also to budding buyers who seek to lay the foundation of their own art story with well-known artists of the blue-chip variety with affordable entry price points. You too can own works by artists who dominate the art market headlines and that form part of major institutional collections!

This will be followed by a new addition to our roster, Shades of Grey: Prints & Photography (also an online auction, running from October 27 — November 3 to be exhibited at our Toronto gallery space), a specially curated auction that celebrates the tantalizing qualities of vibrant contrasts, exhibited by the vivacious tonalities of black and white.

This sale will bring together important works of black and white photography alongside monochromatic prints, with a particular focus on modern and contemporary art movements.

Taking cues from the blockbuster literary works and film that have made Shades of Grey a catch phrase — this auction will also explore the intimacy of our connection to art, that stimulates our many senses, beyond the purely visual means. While also delving into the bond these palettes share and the power being expressed in these works of art.

Remaining at the forefront of our craft and due to the global demands of our consigning and buying public, it is only natural that these sales take place on our highly successful online auction platform. Best suited for today's international collector with around the clock bidding accessible from Saskatoon to Shanghai!

Don’t miss the opportunity to check out what we have in store with a small teaser of works that will be up for auction by clicking the links below to our preview galleries:

We look forward to seeing you this fall season!

For Consignment information, please contact:
Holly Mazar-Fox

Posted: 6/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
By: Holly Mazar-Fox

Decorative Arts and International Art Auction

On December 7 2015 Waddington’s International and Decorative Arts Departments auction will be led by a fine selection of artworks from across the globe. Once again, we have selected the finest paintings, drawings and sculptures from numerous estates and private collections. The framework of this auction resists chronological or country order and instead, we present this offering to highlight the respective dynamism of these works by emphasizing their sameness or exalting their variations.

John Callcott Horsley’s At the Window (lot 25) is featured on the front cover of our catalogue. With the terrier looking eagerly into the distance, this work invites you to view the wonderful works of art contained in its pages following.
An impressive large canvas by an artist from the circle of Sir Anthony Van Dyke (lot 14), removed from the Collection of the Warwick House (London, UK) in 1906, will charm with its tender depiction of the three eldest children of King Charles I and their faithful King Charles spaniels poised at their feet.

We are pleased to continue to offer works consigned to us by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) as part of their strategy to refine and improve its collection. This auction includes a number of Old Master and 19th Century drawings (lot 6 – lot 10 inclusive; lot 23).
The sale is complimented by technically superb portraits of Catholic cardinals, including the oversized work by Giuseppe Signorini (lot 45). A Toronto collector while in Rome, Italy commissioned this work directly from the artist in October 1929.

Likewise, we are privileged to present the historic canvas, Clipper Ship “Thermoplyae” by Montague Dawson (lot 34) in its original untouched condition. “Thermoplyae” features a single clipper ship as its protagonist. Here, Dawson has the composite vessel appearing to pitch and heel amidst a swelling sea under ominous storm clouds. This work retains the original gallery label from the Watson Art Galleries (Montreal, CA), a prominent Canadian purveyor of the most important European pictures sold in Canada. The work is accompanied by a photo-certificate from the Canadian photographic firm William Notman & Son Limited (Montreal, CA).

This Dawson oil on canvas is joined by a superb watercolour by the celebrated British artist. The beautiful coloration of Montague Dawson’s Close hauled (lot 35) additionally compliments the grandness of Charles Edward Dixon’s impressive, detailed historic watercolour scene The First Canadian Contingent Escorted by Princess Royal (lot 19).

A rare canvas by Denis Louis Bihan Niagara Falls, City of Buffalo in the Distance (lot 18) offers viewers a spectacular view of the falls from a lofty vantage point.

A heroic battle scene by Francesco Coleman offers a cavalry charge with richly costumed Bedouins (lot 42) bathed in brilliant daylight. Coleman’s clear command of pictorial spatial recession and atmospheric and tonal affects creates an exciting view for its spectator.
Assembling an auction of this scope imposes an enormous amount of commitment and energy.  These biannual events are accomplished with thorough consideration and a rigorous review of scholarship but can only be executed with great cooperation. I am fortunate and indebted to my colleagues for all their assistance.   
My final and most significant thank-you is to you, the collector, and your remarkable vision and enthusiasm in your acquisitions.
I look forward to greeting you at our previews dates.

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Posted: 12/3/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Susan Robertson

Fine Prints and Photography Auction

Waddington’s is pleased to present our Fall 2015 Fine Prints and Photography Auction. This sale offers an exceptional group of works from celebrated Canadian and international artists that spans from the 15th to the 21st centuries.
We are also privileged to announce Waddington’s continued involvement in the sale of works deaccessioned from the Art Gallery of Ontario. This auction includes a number of fine prints that have been deaccessioned in anticipation of future acquisitions that will complement the existing collection of the Art Gallery.
We are honoured to present graphics gleaned from private collections, including those from the extraordinary collecting eye of Erica Rutherford (1923-2008).  A celebrated Canadian artist and undoubtedly astute collector, her extraordinary life adventures took her across the globe.  Proceeds from the sale of this collection will benefit The Erica Rutherford Memorial Scholarship.
Collectors will find masterworks by Zao Wou-ki, Jasper Johns, Helmut Newton, Jean-Paul Riopelle and full portfolios by Marino Marini, Foujita, and Paul Wunderlich.  Highlights include old master etchings by Rembrandt, Durer and their contemporaries; an impressive Canadian album circa 1866-1867 by William Notman; and M.C. Escher’s Platwormen (Flatworms), acquired directly from the artist.
This auction presents an opportunity to appreciate an array of works that showcases the extraordinary breadth and scope of the full histories of photography, fine prints, and multiples. Likewise, it offers collectors an appealing range of estimates and artworks.

More information concerning eligibility and selection regarding The Erica Rutherford Memorial Scholarship can be found by contacting:
The Erica Rutherford Memorial Scholarship
C/O The Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts 
115 Richmond Street Charlottetown, PEI
C1A 1H7
Tel: 902-368-4410

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Posted: 10/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Susan Robertson

Spring International Art Auction - Catalogue Available

In the spirit of Daniel O’Neill’s Old Time Dance gracing the cover of our Spring 2015 International Art catalogue, we invite you to share a dance with us after a long cold winter and bring to the podium this carefully chosen grouping of paintings, drawings and sculptures.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the whereabouts of a portrait by Pre-Raphaelite master Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, having been previously recorded as “present location unknown.”  Ernest Gambart, a preeminent member of London society and great patron of Alma-Tadema, commissioned the work in 1870. It is speculated that the sitter is Gambart’s illegitimate child. The portrait travelled from London, England to Montreal sometime after 1913. Following its arrival in Canada, the Watson Galleries sold it to a private collector.  A more detailed account of the provenance for this rediscovered work can be found in the following pages.

Waddington’s is also pleased to feature an impressive landscape painting by famed Russian/American artist Abraham Manievich.  This work was acquired directly from the artist as a result of a friendship forged between the artist and the collector.  On his visits to Canada, Manievich regularly took up residence and painted at the collector’s Montreal home.  Only selected and privileged friends and family invited to the collector’s home were able to view the landscape following its 1937 execution.  This Manievich oil on canvas comes to the market having passed by descent to the collector’s grandson.

The above works are offered alongside Berthe Morisot’s drawing Portrait of Alice Gamby, a watercolour by Andre Derain, two bronzes by Sir Jacob Epstein, and an Old Master work from the School of Canaletto. Our Spring 2015 catalogue brings to the fore some of the most significant international art works gleaned largely from private collections.

These works have been a delight to research and continue to surprise me.  This journey is the ingredient that has captivated my interest for some thirty-odd years. 

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Posted: 5/29/2015 2:00:00 PM
By: Susan Robertson

International Art - Final Call for Consignment

DANIEL O`NEILL (1920-1974),
$10,000 - 15,000
Waddington's Spring International Art auction on June 16 showcases significant oil paintings from many Private Collections that have been in Canada for well over half a century. One of the earlier works entrusted to us for this sale is Man Seated by the Sea by Ukrainian artist Alexis Gritchenko (1883-1977). With its rich palette of vivid and binary colours employed using passionate brushwork, it is sure to captivate the attention of the most discernible collectors.

From this auspicious start began a four month process of selecting the finest works to showcase, followed by the detailed research that each and every work undergoes when offered in our live bi-annual International Art auctions. We are delighted to feature two oils by Irish artist Daniel (Dan) O'Neill (1920-1974): Old Time Dance and Convad. The two paintings have not been on the market since their purchase from The Waddington Galleries Inc., (Montreal, QC) in the 1960s. Alongside these works is a most appealing portrait of a woman by the Russian-born set and costume designer Sergei Yurevich Sudeikin (1883-1946). A diminutive watercolour, Tete Antique by Andre Derain (1880-1954), co-founder of the Fauvist movement characterized by its rich red colouration and sure brushstrokes is also sure to delight.

To arrange for a complimentary consultation to discuss consigning to this important auction, please contact:

Susan Robertson
1-877-504-5700 ext. 6179

Deadline for consignments is May 11.

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Posted: 4/16/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Susan Robertson


Andy Warhol (1928-1987), American
LIZ, 1965 [FELDMAN & SCHELLMANN, II.7] (detail)
From Rembrandt to Warhol and Mapplethorpe, highlights from Waddington’s Fine Prints and Photography Auction on March 10 tell an international success story.

Stepping down from the podium at the end of the evening March 10, Waddington’s auctioneer and Vice President, Business Development, Stephen Ranger immediately commented how exciting it had been “to sell such a diverse collection of material – to such a diverse audience.” Over the course of some three hours, over 300 works dating from 1645 to the present day were sold to a full house and numerous bidders over the telephone and online. Ranger added: “It’s particularly gratifying to see international prices achieved here in Canada. It shows how truly global the market has become and our ability to sell well beyond our borders.”

Highlights of the auction included Andy Warhol’s Liz selling for $57,600, Robert Mapplethorpe’s Ken Moody with Orchid reaching $14,400, and a rare Rembrandt toned etching, Old Man in Meditation, dating from 1645 soaring above its presale estimate of $3000/5000 to realize $19,200 (all prices include buyer’s premium).

Ranger, who heads up Waddington’s Concrete Contemporary art department, also commented on the overall strength of contemporary art. Included in the auction were a number of works donated by artists sold to benefit the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the highlight – Sebastio Salgada’s Upper Xingu Region Brazil – sold for well above its presale estimate of $10,000/12,000 to realize $19,200. Funds raised from the sale of these works go towards programming for the 2015 CONTACT festival and to support the over 1,500 artists who participate.

Attracting new and young collectors, Fine Prints and Photography continues to be a dynamic and growing category and we plan to conduct a second auction for this year in the fall of 2015.

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Posted: 3/17/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Susan Robertson

Spring 2015 Fine Prints and Photography auction

It is a great pleasure to present Waddington’s Spring 2015 Fine Prints and Photography auction.

Using outstanding quality and rarity as our guiding principles, we have assembled this sale of fine prints, multiples and photographs tailored to the tastes of both our emerging and experienced collectors. The result is over 300 lots of the most renowned Canadian and international artists that illustrate the multitude of artistic movements that can be found over the course of 500 years of printmaking.

Highlights of this auction include many fine graphics by Canadian printmakers represented by a roster of major works from coast to coast. From Western Canada, we are thrilled to offer the important colour woodcut by Walter J. Phillips, Mamalilicoola, British Columbia, 1928, which graces our inside cover (Lot 155). From Eastern Canada, Alexander Colville’s two silkscreens: Raven, 1990 (Lot 159) and Cat on the Fence, 1959 (Lot 160) convey a realist style similar to that of his paintings. In addition, we are extremely privileged to offer a rare series of five states of House at Path End, 1977 by Christopher Pratt (Lot 156); from Ontario, two early monoprints by Harold Town (Lots 142A and 142B) and The Skates, 1972 by Ken Danby (Lot 211); from Quebec, Claude Tousignant’s Sans Titre (Series of Six Abstracts), 1975 (Lot 180). This suite has not appeared on the market as a set in decades – its optic vibrations will captivate you.

Works by American Pop artist Andy Warhol are also included: graphics from Warhol’s most famous series, Campbell's Soup Cans (Lots 92 and 93); Liz, 1965 (Lot 90); and three unsigned acrylic panels attributed to The Factory (Lot 95). These are testaments to Warhol’s preoccupation with mass production, consumerism and the pleasure of repetition.

Prints and complete folios by the most significant international masters such as Henry Moore (Lots 116-120), Pablo Picasso (Lots 297-302), and Marc Chagall (Lot 260-264) present a most powerful offering. Also featured is a Rembrandt van Rijn etching, Old Man in Meditation, Leaning on a Book, c. 1965 – a poignant print filled with pathos (Lot 216). Here the viewer glances into the private world of a scholar leaning on his book.

Works by contemporary photographers Robert Mapplethorpe (Lots 86-89), Saul Leiter (Lot 84), and Richard Harrington (Lots 7-9) are featured alongside classic black and white prints by influential artists of the past. William Notman’s photographs of 19th Century Canada will astound you with faces frozen in time (Lots 15-20)

Please note that works from the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection are offered in this sale. Proceeds will benefit the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival & Historica Canada, respectively.

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Posted: 3/2/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Susan Robertson

As one auction season ends, another is soon underway…

Upcoming Auction Highlights
2014 was extremely busy at Waddington’s with 21 live auctions, 43 online auctions, several selling exhibitions and numerous fundraising events. Across our various departments we brought together 4,219 successful bidders with over 12,000 lots consigned by 3,039 vendors. And our Canadian art department set 12 new artist’s auction records this year!

Our success in 2014 was in great part due to our diversity of knowledge and experience, and our broad market networks. Waddington’s is well equipped to handle your items not only through our traditional departments, but anything you can challenge us with no matter how unique.

For me, the stand-out items are not always the most valuable ones. In 2014, what I found the most intriguing was The Billy Jamieson Collection of everything macabre, magical and outrageous – including a wooden New Guinea cannibal fork, a 19th c human tooth necklace, a pair of Houdini’s handcuffs and a commemorative slice of Jumbo the Elephant’s tusk originally presented to Mrs. P.T. Barnum.

Other 2014 auction highlights were a 16th c gilt bronze Buddha, a stone sculpture by Inuit artist Davidialuk depicting the story of Katyutayuuq, a rare set of 12 Imperial Russian dinner plates, a 19th c Napoleonic chess set depicting the Battle of Algiers, Sir Isaac Brock's Knighthood Commission document, an Elizabethan (1580) silver-mounted Tigerware jug, an Andy Warhol portrait of Karen Kain, and an important J.E.H MacDonald oil sketch for a major AGO collection canvas.  Now how’s that for diversity!

Spring 2015 will see Waddington’s offer yet another unique collection to complement our traditional department offerings: 250 pieces from the ‘FXSMITH Studio Collection’ including movie costumes and props from films like The X Men series and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. 

We invite you to be part of our Spring 2015 season and to consider a consignment opportunity with us. Whether live, online or through private sale, we can provide the best forum to buy or sell.

Winter 2015 Newsletter (PDF)

Spring 2015 Auction and Consignment Schedule (PDF)

— Duncan McLean

Posted: 1/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean


(1949 – 2015)

Toller Cranston lived in a grand Victorian home on Pembroke Street in downtown Toronto in the 1980s. Waddington’s was on Queen Street East at that time – on the other side of Moss Park, a short walk away. Toller was a regular at all our auctions, which in those days included twice-weekly estate auctions offering anything and everything to be found in a home. Toller was always on the hunt for the wild, the colourful, the outrageous, the beautiful and anything over the top. His favourite expression when he saw something he had to have was: “It’s beyond the beyond!” Pieces Toller had to have included an Italian Murano green glass indoor fountain that was destined for his bay window (where it actually worked once installed); a huge black metal sculpture of a flying raven; as well as every antique, carved wood cherub he could find.

One evening, I was hanging out with Toller and Bill Kime, another friend from Waddington’s, at his home. In our conversation Toller declared that it was time for him to start selling a few pieces to help spark a change in his life. This was during a difficult period for Toller, in the twilight of his skating career, and feeling unappreciated by the art world. (I remember a large canvas he had recently painted of classically Victorian dressed skaters on a frozen outdoor pond. On a hill next to the pond, a sinister-looking tree with another skater hanging by the neck from a branch over the frozen pond. That was Toller – dramatic and dark-humoured.)

Bill suggested that the best way to sell his pieces was not a few at a time, but all at once as a big event that would generate excitement; create a buzz in Toller’s world of art and entertainment. Toller loved the theatre of big events – and he was immediately excited by the prospect. In June 1991, after many days of working closely with Toller to catalogue the collection and produce a catalogue, Waddington’s offered the contents of his three-story house over a three-session auction. Invitations to the preview party were highly sought. Fans, collectors, voyeurs and media spilled out our front doors the evening of the first auction. And as predicted, the sale of his home and its contents allowed him to “reinvent himself”. Toller bought a magnificent estate in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico’s artist colony, where many ex-pat Canadians including Leonard Brooks and Toller’s good friend Gary Slipper were already settled. A new chapter of his life.

The reality is, Toller had already reinvented himself several times – from virtuoso world-champion skater, to caustic commentator to devoted coach – Toller had pushed the limits of a restrictive sport at every leap and turn. As a painter, Toller’s work was like his artistry on ice. Graceful, sensual, provocative, at times dark, or exploding with colour and energy. Defying tradition and eschewing conformity.

Toller lived large. He craved attention and appreciation, but he also spoke the truth as he saw it – which often landed him on the wrong side of the establishment. He had a wicked sense of humour and could slay his critics with a mere word or two. Toller was brilliant. He should be honoured as one of Canada’s most remarkable creative forces for changing the Canadian landscape in so many ways. Toller was a friend. He was generous, he was fun, he was both a social animal and a solitary man, a mercurial temperament who would disappear for months and then return with bravado.

Toller will be missed. By me, by those who had the chance to enter his magical life, and everyone else who will be touched by his creative legacy.

Duncan McLean

This photograph of Toller’s main floor living room was taken by Joy von Tiedemann and used as the auction catalogue cover. It’s a wonderfully mad room that is all Toller.

These images of Toller and his home were simply taken down off his wall to be used in the auction catalogue.

These images are of the auction preview displaying Toller’s immense and diverse collection. Waddington’s gallery had never looked so vibrant, so colourful or so fantastic!

Posted: 1/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean

Fine Prints & Photography Auction - March 10, 2015

Robert Mapplethorpe
Ken Moody (With Orchid), 1984. [MAP, 1484]
Silver print; numbered 8/10
The beginning of another auction year is always exciting, especially as it brings one of our most popular events, the Fine Print and Photography auction. This year’s auction will once again feature many of the most desirable international and Canadian artists. As we approach the deadline we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to enter your prints and photography into the sale.

The auction will feature an exciting selection of original prints by top international artists such as Alberto Giacometti, Andy Warhol, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Roy Lichtenstein, Henry Moore, Grant Wood, Alexander Calder, Jim Dine, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Tamara de Lempicka, Mary Cassat, Lovis Corinth, Marino Marini, Rembrandt van Rijn and many others.

Collectors will also have the opportunity to bid on original works by important Canadian artists such as Marion Florence MacKay Nicoll, Guido Molinari, Alex Colville and Jean Paul Riopelle. Highlights of our photography selection include works by Robert Mapplethorpe, Saul Leiter, Ralph Gibson and Andre Kertesz, as well as renowned Canadian photographers Richard Harrington and John Reeves.

The 2015 Fine Print and Photography auction will also showcase a special collection of prints and drawings from the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of their de-accessioning program. The collection will feature old master prints by Rembrandt, Adriaen van Ostade, Hans Beham and many others.

Waddington’s is the leading auctioneer in Canada conducting specialized print and photography auctions featuring original graphics by important Canadian and international artists. Exceedingly popular, our auctions consistently achieve top results within the international market.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 30, 2015. For more information about Print and Photography auction please contact us today:

Susan Robertson (Specialist) (416-847-6179)
Emma Frank (Administrator) (416-847-6182)

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Posted: 1/14/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Emma Frank (Assistant)

International Art auction wraps up 2014 in grand fashion

John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893)
A striking brunette was the decided favourite of our December International Art auction. Found in a basement, the lovely oil on canvas titled ‘Brunetta’ arrived at our office covered in cobwebs. The cobwebs were brushed aside and Brunetta, by 19th century British artist John Atkinson Grimshaw, sold for $94,500.

The vibrant colours of ‘Flags’ by American artist Alex Katz also inspired enthusiastic bidding resulting in a final price of $40,800.

Deaccessioned works from the Art of Gallery of Ontario (AGO) were also on offer, with the beautiful Building Sandcastles by Hague School artist Bernardus Johannes Blommers bringing $22,140. (Waddington’s is honoured to assist the AGO with its deaccessioning strategy in its efforts to refine the public, community and art historical value of its collection.*)

Many thanks to all our clients as we wrap up 2014 and all our best for a wonderful new year. We look forward to bringing you a very exciting year of International Art in 2015!

Note: All prices are in Canadian funds and include buyer’s premium.

AGO Deaccessioning Policy

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Posted: 12/12/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean

Works from the AGO in International Art Auction

We arrive at our final auction of 2014 with great excitement following a hectic fall, which included three online auctions of exceptional International artworks (American, Continental and Russian) in October alone!

At the same time, we were also busy assembling a very special live auction to wrap up a successful year. Our December 10, 2014 International Art auction features a select collection of the highest quality, most compelling artworks that will appeal to all collector tastes.

A selection of paintings from the AGO is an exciting highlight of the auction. One of Canada’s most prestigious cultural institutions, the AGO was one of the first institutions to hold exhibitions of important European paintings in Canada in the early 20th Century. The deaccessioned paintings included in our auction by Blommers, Loudan and others have exceptional provenance. The history of these works is immediately visible, with old labels still affixed to their period frames. It was truly a pleasure to handle these paintings and we look forward to working further with the AGO.

For more information about the AGO’s Deaccessioning Policy visit:

Behind the Scenes

All of the paintings, sculpture and drawings offered in the international art auctions are diligently researched. This is one of the most challenging yet rewarding aspects of our work. For instance, the arrival of “Michaelangelo in His Studio, Visited by Pope Julius II,” (lot 478) presented an opportunity to delve into the history of this lost work. The original oil by French artist Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889) has been untraced since its exhibition at the Salon of 1857, known only by a hand-coloured engraving executed by Pierre Castan. Was this the original painting or was it a copy? We searched the records for this work with the generous assistance from staff of the National Gallery of Canada, the Frick Reference Library in New York as well as the International Art and Antique Loss Register. As it turns out, all evidence concludes that it is in fact a copy executed in the late 19th century. Its decorative appeal is nonetheless undeniable; encompassed in its elaborate gilt frame it is impressive.

Works often come to us from unexpected avenues, as was the case with the beautiful portrait “Brunetta” (lot 504), by British artist John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893). Discovered by a colleague in the basement of an estate, it was covered in cobwebs when it arrived on our premises. A neglected gem, this Pre-Raphaelite beauty will restore beautifully to its original splendour.

Yet more rare and interesting works are found in the sale including Otto Pankok’s large charcoal “Still Life with Flowers”, (lot 496) whose provenance can be traced from Holocaust era Germany. The original owner, Mr. Ludwig Leitz of the Leitz Camera firm, established a covert means of allowing Jews to leave Germany in the guise of employees of the Leitz Camera firm during the Second World War. Mr. Leitz gifted the drawing to his cousin who immigrated to Midland, Ontario, in the 1950s. (For further information see “The Greatest Invention of the Leitz family: the Leica Freedom Train” published by the American Photographic Historical Society, 2002).

Be sure to register early for online, telephone and absentee bidding. For those who will be attending the auction in Toronto, we look forward to seeing you at the auction on December 10th!

Next up: we are currently accepting consignments for our Fine Print and Photography Auction, Tuesday, March 10, 2015, featuring many top Canadian and International artists, including Warhol, Miro, Colville, Chagall and others.

We thank all of those who participated in our auctions and look forward to offering additional specialized sales in the New Year, including Old Masters and related works scheduled for March 2015.
Posted: 12/1/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Susan Robertson

Invitation to Consign to our Fall International Art Auctions

It’s a Full Fall of International Art

Fall 2014 – busier than ever! With preparations well underway for our December 10th auction of International Art, we thought we’d tease you with a few of the favourites recently consigned to us: “Blowing Hard” a fine oil painting by renowned British Maritime artist Montague Dawson (1890-1973); a brilliant colour pastel by Barbizon artist Leon Augustin L’Hermitte (1844-1925); an exquisite romantic genre by French/Italian artist Frederic Soulacroix (1858-1933); and yet another “untraced” painting commissioned by Adolphe Goupil in Paris in the early 1850’s and exhibited in the Salon of 1857 by French artist Alexander Cabanel (1823-1889) – our appetite for discovery is thoroughly whetted. Finally, we are most excited about another discovery - with more research underway – a collection of five extremely rare, marvelously detailed, vibrantly coloured watercolour portraits of North American Indians, studies from life, that were executed for the lithograph plates illustrated in Thomas L. McKenney & John Hall’s master work: “The History of the Indian Tribes of North America”. We promise to keep you posted on all our research and other new arrivals on our website as more paintings, drawings and sculpture continue to be consigned.
AU REVOIR (detail)

October is the month to be online!
Aiming to offer all the art we know you love, we’ve also pulled together an amazing October of online auctions, including: 19th Century Continental Paintings, Russian Paintings and Decorative Arts, and American and 20th Century Paintings.
One of a collection of five watercolour portraits of North American Indians, relating to Thomas L. McKenney & John Hall’s master work: “The History of the Indian Tribes of North America” (detail)

The 19th Century Continental Paintings online auction showcases many of the most popular artists from Continental Europe whom have been in high demand in Waddington’s catalogue sales. Wonderful genre paintings by collector favourites such as Bernard de Hoog, Arthur Heyer, Johan Scherrewitz, Leurs, Heyligers, and Huber and many more charming, elaborately framed works.

The Russian Art and Decorative Art online auction is presented in conjunction with our Decorative Arts department. It features a diverse collection of oils and watercolours by 19th and 20th Century Russian artists including: Irene Klestova’s “Roses”; a double sided oil by Abraham Manievich; portraits by Anatoly Zverev; and paintings by Nikolay Miliotti, Serge Chepik, Alexander Tyshler, Yuri Krasny, and Vasyl Myazin. We are also delighted to showcase a special collection of nine large oils by Latvian artist Janis Ferdinands Tidemanis. Acquired directly from the artist’s Toronto studio from his wife, nearly 25 years after his death in 1990, they represent Tidemanis’ best subjects dating from the 1930’s and 1940’s. These brilliantly coloured portraits of women and a still life have never been on the market and are expected, as in past sales, to set more records for Tidemanis.

Rounding out our October online auctions are American and 20th Century Paintings featuring a diverse collection of 19th to 21st Century paintings including notable American artists: Paul Jenkins, Andre Gisson, Leonardo Nierman, Michael Steiner, Claire Shuttleworth, Clark Greenwood Voorhees, and James Cafferty, and numerous works by 20th and 21st Century masters from all countries including Czech, Dutch, Polish, Romanian, Haitian, Israeli, and Japanese schools headed by mid 20th Century artists such as Suzanne Eisendieck, Dietz Edzard, Hugo Schieber, Francois Gall and Gerard Adolfs. The collection of captivating portraits direct from the estates of the artists’ studios, including rare works by Traian Biltiu Dancus and Jean Nitescu acquired through descent from the artists in Romania, are sure to command your attention.

Fine Prints & Photography in Early 2015
Back by popular demand, we’ll be offering our Fine Print and Photography Auction in the early months of 2015, including a most impressive roster of the top printmakers in the world. We have already amassed fine prints, entire folios by major graphic artists and photographs for the upcoming auction including by Warhol, Picasso, Miro, Chagall, Dali, Marino Marini, Henry Moore and many more.

We also look forward to offering more specialized online auctions in the new year including Old Master (for the first time) and British Paintings.

Still Time to Consign!
If you’ve been thinking about finding out who painted that old panel on your wall that needs to be identified or selling your fine European painting collection and wish to take advantage of this opportunity to consign to the fall International Art auctions, there’s still time to consign to the online sales (consignment deadline October 3). We are also pleased to accept consignments of your most important paintings and sculpture for our prestigious December 10th live auction of International Art (consignment deadline October 17).

As always, we I can hardly wait to see what gems you may have to tantalize the international art world.

IRENE KLESTOVA (1908-1989)
REUBEN TAM (1916-1991)
Posted: 9/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Susan Robertson


Henri Le Sidaner’s enchanting garden view “Fenetre de Trianon Sous-Bois”, lot 67, gracing the front cover of Waddington’s Spring 2014 International Art catalogue, sets the stage for the many fine paintings offered in this season’s auction. After so long a winter season, its warm sunlight, arched window and lush greenery is all the more inviting. Acquired by Dr. Ronald Osborne of Toronto in 1975, and now part of his Estate, it is a befitting ‘window’ to our sale offering over 100 of the finest paintings, sculptures and drawings from Canadian, American and International collections spanning over 5 centuries, 4 continents and a multitude of genres.

“Fertility”, lot 95, a rare canvas by Maqbool Fida Husain, whose works have led the booming South Asian art market, confronts you with its bold and powerful presence on our title page. This hitherto unseen canvas has belonged to a private collection in Montreal for over 30 years and encapsulates the artist’s unique approach to form and colour.

The American session is led by two large canvases by Russian-American artist Abraham Manievich, acquired by Dr. Joseph Stern of Montreal directly from the artist whom he befriended in Canada, prior to the 1950s. The double-sided “Still Life of Flowers in a Copper Vase”, lot 10, featured on the inside front cover, and the vividly coloured, “In a Summer Garden”, lot 9, are coveted examples of the artist’s dynamic Fauvist painting style.

Once again, we are pleased to offer you three oils by popular British artist Edward Seago, from Toronto Estates where they have been enjoyed some 50 years. Sir John Lavery’s elegant “Lady in Green” (Mrs. Cara H.), lot 52, held in the hands of Toronto families for over 100 years, was first exhibited in Toronto in 1909 at the newly formed Art Gallery of Ontario, then called the Art Museum of Toronto. The sale concludes with a Carlos Cruz-Diez kinetic art masterpiece “Physichromie No. 520”, lot 123, acquired by the present owners from the Pollock Gallery in the 1970s.

Our Spring 2014 auction offers a selection of visually superb works of art for every collector taste, whether you are a lover of Old Masters, Modern, traditional or contemporary art. We look forward to welcoming you at our preview where all the paintings in their old world frames are sure to impress and entice you.

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— Susan Robertson
Senior Specialist, International Art

Posted: 6/11/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Bill Kime

Maqbool Fida Husain (Indian, 1915- 2011): Style and Influences

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Maqbool Fida Husain, also known as MF Husain, was one of India’s most celebrated artists of the 20th century. Husain was a founding member of the Progressive Artists Group, the self-declared "moderns" of Indian art who rose to International fame in the 1940s.

Husain held his first solo exhibition in 1947, the same year India achieved Independence. In 1955, fifteen of his works were chosen for exhibition in the Venice Biennale, garnering him international recognition. Between 1948-1955 Husain travelled extensively. His painting style evolved as he absorbed a range of artistic influences, from the formal characteristics of ancient Indian miniature paintings to the avant-garde styles of modernists such as Klee, Matisse and Modigliani.

One of the features that make Husain's work so unique is his ability to intuitively incorporate traditional Indian narratives and motifs with modern techniques and sensibilities. The painting Fertility, to be offered in the June 18th auction of International Art, is a particularly fine example of the formal elements of ancient Indian art and modern art blending as one. Here, Husain depicts two figures positioned adjacent to one another against a background of stark white, brown and chartreuse. On the right, a seated male figure faces the viewer, his torso grey with faint accents of deep red and bright yellow. Though his facial features are abstract, his silhouette is defined with broad, dark strokes. The female figure next to him, by contrast, is a beaming, abstract vision of vibrant orange, red, blue and green. The yellow-orange orb glowing within the woman’s torso perhaps best signifies the title “Fertility”. The influence of modern art is evident in Husain’s use of abstract form and fervent application of brisk, intuitive strokes of paint. Influences from traditional Indian art such as Mathura sculpture, Jain and Basohli school miniature paintings, can also be identified in the artist’s approach to line, form and colour.

Mathura Sculpture

The female figure, one of the most recognizable motifs in Husain's paintings, is invariably inspired by iconic representations of deities and holy figures or "auspicious images", such as beautiful women, musicians, and loving couples. First appearing in the painting "Man", 1950, the majestic figures of Mathura sculpture inspired Husain’s approach to the female form. Mathura art was a style of Buddhist visual art that flourished in India from the 2nd century BC to the 12th century AD. The energy and dynamism of Mathura sculpture is echoed in Husain's commanding and sculpturesque figures.

Basohli School

The Basohli School miniatures, produced in the Pubjab Hills in the late 17th and early 18th centuries are known for their bold and imaginative artistic style featuring vivid colour and simple design. The correlation between Husain’s colour palette and the Basohli School’s palette of hot orange, yellow and brown are particularly evident.

Jain School

In addition to the Basohli School, the influence of Jain miniature painting is also apparent in Husain’s work. Jain Iconography generally depicts a sage in sitting or standing meditative postures in a style characterized by strong, black lines. Similar bold silhouettes are also a staple of Husain's work, as are smooth, calligraphic strokes that bring expression of energy and movement to his subjects

Modern art: Expressionism and symbolism

By 1955, Husain had ended his formative period and had absorbed the main influences that shaped his style. The artistic innovations of modern art became an increasingly important component of his practice, which he adopted and re-interpreted as a language of his own. Perhaps the greatest influences from the Western school during this period were the Expressionists including Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky, who believed in art as an expression of the artist’s inner life, often taking the form of a “symbolic language” in their work. From the 1950s on, Husain increasingly began to incorporate metamorphic human figures and symbols such as lamps, spiders, boats, snakes, houses and suns in his work. Dark and intuitive, Husain's symbols enrich archetypal themes of life, love and death with traces of the collective unconscious.

Paul Klee (Swiss 1879-1940); Feier und Untergang; 1920; Zu Beginn eines Festes; 1940; Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944); Loses im Rot; 1925; Beruhrung; 1924

While Husain was able to incorporate elements of a wide range of artistic traditions within his own practice, it was his ability to reinterpret them into a new and unique artistic style that has made him one of India’s most innovative artists and a leader of his time. For more on Husain’s interpretation of traditional Indian artistic styles please watch the video on how the iconography of Mithuna sculpture is interpreted in "Fertility".

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is currently showing the exhibition: M.F. Husain: Master of Modern Indian Painting from 28 May – 7 July 2014.

Source: “Husain” Richard Barthomew and Shiv S. Kapur; Harry Abrams Inc., New York 1971
Posted: 6/6/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Susan Robertson

International Art Auction June 18th

We are very excited to welcome another Spring Auction Season to Waddington’s! Our June 18th auction promises to be one of our best. As always, the auction will include important drawings, paintings and sculpture, focusing on the very best in International Art. We have already received a number of very fine works for our Spring auction. We invite you to preview them in our online gallery.

One of the highlights of our auction is a hitherto unseen canvas by renowned Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain (1915-2011), part of a private collection in Montreal for over 30 years. Fertility exemplifies the artist’s abstract expressionist style, featuring vibrant colouring with boldly outlined, abstracted figures. A pioneer of his time, Husain was celebrated for his ability to blend traditional Indian motifs with the technique of modern Western painting.

We are also excited to offer two paintings by Russian-American artist Abraham Manievich (1883-1942). The double-sided still life and colourful summer landscape are coveted examples of the artist’s dynamic painting style.

In addition, John Lavery’s (1856-1941) elegant Lady in Green has been in the hands of Toronto families for over 100 years and was exhibited at the Art Museum of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario) in November 1909. Lavery was known for his distinguished portraits and has been praised as amongst the most competent painters of the Glasgow School.

As always, our auctions represent artists from many periods and regions including from Old Masters from the School of Bassano to modern works by Russian artist Aleksandr Tyshler (1898-1980) and French artist (Jean-Pierre Vasarely) Yvaral (1934-2002). Our auction will feature 19th Century favourites such as Edward Seago, Antoine Bouvard, Alfred de Breanski Jr. and Sr., and many others including a charming Amsterdam street scene by Dutch artist Cornelis Springer. We also have number of classic American landscapes by Thomas Worthington Whittredge, Irving Ramsey Wiles, W.E. Baum, E.A. Gruppe and William Edward Norton.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the consignors and buyers who made our Fine Print and Photography auction a great success. The sale marked the re-launching of Waddington’s Print and Photography auctions. We are proud to be the only Canadian auction house to offer world-class prints and photography.

We also wish to thank the participants of our online auction of Continental Paintings. We look forward to offering a number of specialized online sales throughout the year and are currently accepting consignments for future auctions including British, Russian, Modern and Contemporary art.

Looking forward to seeing you at our previews on June 14 - 16 and at the auction on June 18.

Susan Robertson
International Art Specialist
Posted: 4/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Susan Robertson

Specialists' Preview - Spring 2014 Auction Highlights
April 3 – 8, 2014

Sometimes what’s old is truly new again. Traditionally, Waddington’s held our much anticipated Fine Art Auctions bi-annually, a dedicated week of previewing and selling the best we had to offer for that season from all our departments. Previewed as an enormous mix of wonderful and eclectic, rare and beautiful, classically traditional and wildly eccentric, there was something for everyone and for every taste. As all our departments grew, it became unwieldy to organize all our auctions and previews into the same time period. Spreading the auctions throughout the spring was more manageable, and the departments began to conduct business more autonomously, focused on their core proven markets and clients.

Fast forward ten years and we see an evolution in market tastes and buying trends. Today, fewer people collect as a hobby in pursuit of objects from a narrow, focused area of interest. Nowadays people are more likely to collect to decorate their home or business – and they’re much more willing to mix cultures, textures and periods to create an individualized environment. In reflection, our traditional preview settings more suited to the current more diversified market. They made it easy to imagine how things would look in situ – how an English highland painting might look beside the Sorel Etrog sculpture already in your home, how the clean and powerful lines of an Inuit sculpture could complement your Group of Seven canvas. How a delicate Chinese vase is flattered by art deco bronze figures and English silver candle sticks. It was almost like looking at the pages of a décor magazine.

So we’re borrowing from the past. We’re bringing back the multi-department preview to demonstrate how great but different art can blend together. Our specialists (some of the best in the world in their various categories of expertise) have handpicked their favourite items from their spring season auctions. The most interesting, most eclectic, and in some cases the most valuable, to be previewed together in our gallery in one glorious display. And to further enhance the experience, we’ve also invited Farrow & Ball to be part of the display, weaving in the colour palette and wallpaper highlights from their spring season.

We look forward to sharing some of our favourite things with you.

Please be sure to visit April 3 – 8.

Posted: 3/31/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean

Special guest lecture by print connoisseur Glen Warner

As we quickly approach our Fine Print and Photography Auction on March 11th, we are pleased to announce that Waddington’s will host a special guest lecture by print connoisseur Glen Warner on Sunday March 9th at 1pm.
Glen Warner is the author of the best selling book Building a Print Collection: A Guide to Buying Original Prints and Photographs. He is also the author of numerous articles on collecting contemporary original prints and fine art photography that have been published in magazines and newspapers such as Canadian Art, Maclean's, Toronto Life, Art Business News and The Financial Post. Glen lives in Toronto and is an avid collector of contemporary prints and vintage photographs.

Whether you're a seasoned collector or first time buyer, this lecture will provide great insight into the printmaking process and offer valuable collecting tips. Referencing lots in our sale, Mr. Warner will answer questions like: what is an “original print” and why is it a desirable collectible? What are the types of prints and how are they made? How to spot editions made “after” another artist’s work and how to research a print’s history and authenticity.

We look forward to seeing you at our preview on Saturday March 8th and Sunday March 9th from 11-5 pm at 275 King Street East, Toronto. You won't want to miss Mr. Warner’s fascinating discussion along with a fantastic viewing of fine prints and photography.

This season’s Fine Print and Photography auction will feature a wide range of prints showcasing various art movements and periods from the historic to the contemporary. Watch our Vine video to see the great contemporary prints by artists such as Yoshitomo Nara, Basquiat and Banksy offered in the sale!

Posted: 2/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Susan Robertson

Waddington's Spring 2014 Fine Prints and Photography Auction

It is our great pleasure to present Waddington’s 2014 Fine Print and Photography Auction. Our annual Print and Photography Auctions provide a unique opportunity for both emerging and seasoned collectors to acquire original works by major artists at accessible prices. For this auction we have assembled a delightful selection of prints and photographs by important artists from over 20 countries, including Canada, the United States and across Europe.

Highlights of this auction include:

Pablo Picasso’s “Nature Morte au Citron et un Pichet Rouge”, c. 1955 (lot 120); Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s rare colour lithograph, “Aux Ambassadeurs- Chanteuse au Cafe-Concert” 1894 (lot 84); and Georges Rouault’s choice colour aquatint: “Automne”, c. 1938, (lot 153).

For the Beatlemania collector, a complete portfolio of John Lennon’s iconic “Bag One” (lot 39).

Pop artist’s Andy Warhol’s portrait of Canadian Prima Ballerina Karen Kain (lot 5).

Works by international giants Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Josef Albers, Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore and David Hockney.

A rare and complete 1965 portfolio of five prints by Jack Bush (lot 124).

A complete portfolio of the Graphics of the Toronto 20 (lot 142).

Graphic works by Canadian aboriginal artists Bill Reid, Kenojuak Ashevak and Germaine Arnaktauyok.

Vintage photographs of Inuit life by Robert Flaherty and Richard Harrington.

Photographs by acclaimed International artists such as Jock Sturges, William Wegman, Arthur Leipzig and Julius Shulman.

By intention, the auction has no particular order – the countries, periods and media are combined proof that bold, colourful prints can co-exist in any collection and offer a rich diversity to one’s art collection.

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Posted: 2/11/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Susan Robertson

Lennon’s Bag One
Fine Prints and Photography Auction

John Lennon’s legacy includes many things, from songwriter and musician to political activist, philosopher and artist. An important aspect of his life, Lennon’s artistic endeavours began even before the Beatles achieved worldwide fame; from 1957-1960 he attended the prestigious Liverpool Art Institute. In the mid-1960s at the height of Beatlemania, Lennon published several books of poems and illustrations.

Lennon’s Bag One was a singular undertaking coinciding with the start of his solo career. Largely documenting his personal relationship with Yoko Ono, the Bag One legacy is also tied to their activities as peace activists.

Only 300 complete Bag One sets were produced (plus artist's proofs), each with 13 lithographs rendered Lennon's signature playful, simplistic style. Lennon worked on the project for a period of months from 1968-1969 capturing significant events such as his marriage to Yoko Ono, their honeymoon and Bed-Ins for peace. Often erotic in nature, the lithographs drew controversy when police in various countries confiscated them on the grounds of obscenity. Fortunately, none of the charges held in court.

Bag One was named for John and Yoko’s company Bag Productions. “Bagism” was a term created by John Lennon and Yoko Ono as part of their extensive peace campaigns in the late 1960s. “Bagism” meant literally wearing a bag over one’s entire body, with the aim to satirize prejudice and stereotyping.

As the story goes, Lennon signed all 3000 plus lithographs while on a peace promotion trip with Yoko Ono to Canada in late 1969. While in Canada, they stayed with Canadian musician Ronnie Hawkins at his home outside of Toronto. Later that week, Lennon and Yoko Ono traveled to Ottawa to meet with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to discuss their peace campaign.

The series was completed with a custom white patent leather carrying case designed by French clothes designer Ted Lapidus and hand-stitched by craftsmen in Italy. As a final touch to the creation, the title Bag One and John Lennon’s signature were imprinted in black letters onto the white leather. The Bag One lithographs were first exhibited in January, 1970 at the London Arts Gallery with Lennon and Yoko Ono attending the opening.

A highly collectible series, the complete Bag One set has been sold at auction for amounts as high as $68,368 USD (including Buyer’s Premium).

More of today’s most collectible prints and photographs will be presented at Waddington’s Fine Print and Photography Auction including prints by Francis Bacon, Brigitte Riley, Josef Albers, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Georges Braque, Andy Warhol and many more.

Posted: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Susan Robertson

International Art Auction Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in this season’s International Art auction at Waddington’s, to those who inquired about the sale, attended the previews and the auction, as well as to our many International bidders who participated over the phone and via

We were pleased to once again offer a fine selection of important paintings, drawings and sculpture ranging from 17th Century Dutch portraits to 20th British modernist landscapes.

We are thrilled that this season’s magnificent discovery, “Rowing on the Seine” by Ferdinand Heilbuth, a hidden gem of classic French Impressionism, realized $38,400, above its estimate of $15,000-25,000. We hope you were able to read the story of the Heilbuth’s journey to Waddington’s in our previous blog. The painting is now beginning a new journey back to Paris.

Major highlights of the sale also include lot 21, Eugene Verboeckhoven’s “The Twins”, that realized $38,400 as well as lot 149, “From Smyrna to Boudja” by Anton Schranz, that realized $20,400. Our cover lot, “Beach Brittany” by Anne Estelle Rice also sold for well above its estimate at $14,000.

We look forward to presenting the Print and Photography Auction in the New Year. Taking place on 11 March 2014, the auction will include John Lennon’s complete Bag One (the set of 13 lithographs) as well as prints by Warhol, Chagall, Picasso, Hockney, Giacometti, Miro, Moore and Bacon, among many others. We are now accepting consignments; please contact the International Art Department if you are interested in participating.
Posted: 12/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Susan Robertson

Auction Highlight: Ferdinand Heilbuth’s hitherto unidentified masterwork: “Rowing on the Seine”.

A family based in Waterloo, Ontario, who had enjoyed the painting for many years but had never known the identity of the artist, brought “Rowing on the Seine” to Waddington’s. It had been in their family several generations, passed down by descent from the private collection of Helen Cox of Detroit, Michigan, and then to relatives in Toronto.

Waddington’s International Art specialist Susan Robertson admired the finely painted 19th Century School upon first sight, attributing the identity of the artist to be American given its provenance. The precise brushwork brought to mind William Merritt Chase and the composition akin to Thomas Eakins, particularly the alignment of the rowboat that echoes his famed rowing sculls, as in the painting “The Champion Single Sculls” (1781). Other characteristics, such as the luminosity of the colouring, the architectural style of the building in the background and the Edwardian gallery label on the verso, all gave indications that this was an American School artist.

The pleasant subject matter and overall quality of the painting made it an appealing acquisition; however, within the auction world even the value of a well-painted unidentified work is limited to its decorative potential. This painting, fortunately, also featured a monogram “HF” (large H, small F inside), on the stern of the boat. Never one to neglect a good mystery, Susan began her research based on this clue.

Susan’s research on the monogram brought a discovery. This painting was not American, but French. The monogram matched the signature of Ferdinand Heilbuth (1826-1889), a German born, French naturalized citizen. Heilbuth studied with Paul Delaroche (1797-1856) and Marc-Charles-Gabriel Gleyre (1806-1874) during the 1940s in Paris. In his early career, Heilbuth painted genre scenes and Italian cardinals, as he traveled to Italy to paint throughout the 1850s and 60s.

Heilbuth submitted regularly to the Paris Salon and was highly recognized artist in his lifetime, collected by patrons in the UK, France and North America. He worked within illustrious groups of French painters, participating in 1865 in an exclusive exhibition of the cercle de l’union des arts on the rue Choiseul with Delacroix, Decamps, Diaz, Troyon, Messionier, Ribot, Belly, Daubigny, Millet and Gerome.

In the 1870s Heilbuth shifted away from Italian themes and began to paint more modern Parisian subjects. “Rowing on the Seine” epitomizes the Impressionist preoccupation of depicting scenes of upper middle class leisure. Parisians relaxing along the banks of the Seine were typical of French artists during the 1870s, when the increasing convenience of rail travel boosted the rise of new leisure culture perhaps depicted most famously by Eduoard Manet, whose influence on Heilbuth’s career should not be underestimated. Heilbuth and Manet maintained a friendship from the early 1870s. It is during this time that Heilbuth began to paint such modern themes, quite possibly at the urging of Manet. Such pleasing scenes of leisure and the good life were eagerly collected, both in France and abroad. Heilbuth was an important painter of his time and helped to define 19th Century French painting along with his contemporaries Van Gogh (1853-1890), Cezanne (1839-1906) and Manet (1832-1883).

Ferdinand Heilbuth’s work has been exhibited at the Boston Antheneum and at the Grosvenor Gallery in London on a total of seventeen occasions. His works are found in the collections of many institutions including the Musee d’Orsay, Musee du Louvre, Musee des Beaux-art de Bordeaux, the Wallace Collection, London, and the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg. The Hermitage has in their collection a sketch of “Rowing on the Seine”; the small panel version is reproduced on their

Posted: 12/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Susan Robertson

Waddington's Fall 2013 International Art Auction

It is our pleasure to present Waddington’s Fall 2013 auction of International Art. Featuring over 170 works by important artists from 12 countries, we are delighted to showcase a most interesting range of paintings, drawings and sculpture, dating from the 16th to 21st Century.

This season’s highlights include the vibrant cover piece by American artist Anne Estelle Rice, “Beach Brittany”, and a hitherto unidentified masterwork “Rowing on the Seine” by 19th Century French artist Ferdinand Heilbuth. Our selection also includes unique modern works by Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain, Japanese artist Setsuko Migishi, Pakistani artist Abdur Rahman Chughtai and a striking abstract by the celebrated Spanish artist Antoni Clavé, “Nature Morte” (1949).

A hallmark of Waddington’s live auction season, our International sale will once again feature previously unseen works from private collectors and estates from across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Pakistan.

We are thankful to our many colleagues who have referred our services as leaders in International Art in Canada: our Transitions team at Waddington’s, our eastern branch at Waddington’s Cobourg and our in-house appraisal team, who have uncovered for us many of these treasures. We also extend our gratitude to all of those who have entrusted Waddington’s to represent your valuable artworks.

We hope that you will be able to attend the previews and auction or visit us online where you will be able to view and enjoy this season’s fine selection of offerings.

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— Susan Robertson
Senior Specialist,
International Art

Posted: 11/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Susan Robertson

Cuban Art From the Estate of John Casuccio

Cuban Art From the Estate of John Casuccio

I was deeply saddened in 2009 when the International Art world lost its friend, John Casuccio after a long and courageous battle with cancer. John was a familiar face in the Toronto Art and Antique world, and his passion for all mediums was contagious. John worked particularly hard honing in on a niche that the city of Toronto was missing: Cuban art! Traveling to and from Cuba throughout the years, he built an impressive collection of works that exemplified the diverse, bold and politically charged art movement of 20th Century Cuba. I feel so fortunate to have been given the opportunity by John’s Estate to handle many of these prized works from his collection.

This is one example of the works that will be featured in our April 22nd-25th Online Cuban Art Auction

Humberto (El Negro) Hernandez (1958- ), Cuban

HOUSE IN STORM Oil on canvas signed and dated 08 lower right. Unframed.

19" x 49.25" — 48.3 x 125.1 cm.

Est. $700/900

Born and raised in Puerta Esperanza, a coastal village North of Vinales, Hernandez often calls to the dynamic landscape of his childhood to inspire his creations. I just love this painting! Can’t you feel the energy coming off the sea from that storm?

This online auction will feature approximately 80 lots from the Estate, with more lots being featured in our Spring International Art Auction.
Posted: 4/9/2013 9:20:00 AM
By: Susan Robertson

International Art - October 2012

Welcome the new website for Waddington’s International Art Department!

Exciting things are happening in our department, and we cannot wait to show you the sale we have spent the last six months collecting consignments for. I have been traveling all over the GTA, cottage country, Ottawa and Montreal looking for prints, paintings and sculptures to feature in our December 11th International Art Auction.

We will be offering over 250 lots of important works from countries such as England, Cuba, France, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Russia and the United States of America. Our catalogue should be available in early November, and you can find it right here. In the meantime, please have a look around and enjoy our new site!
Posted: 10/26/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: Susan Robertson

Is it or Isn't it a Salmon

I just love my job! Nothing makes my day better than a great painting or figuring out a signature that has stumped generations. I love to research so I feel so fulfilled when I solve the mystery. This little painting has put me to the test. I was so excited for the consignor upon first glance. It appeared to be a signed marine scene by the great Scottish/American sea painter, Robert Salmon (1775-1844). I was even more thrilled by the old pen and ink title on the back - Wreck off the Coast of Nova Scotia. The problem is the indistinct date (1856?) is too late for the recorded dates of the artist. In digging deeper, I found that a work of art had surfaced that was dated later than his assumed death date. To top it off, the little painting has an old catalogue entry and its illustration taped to the back from an old sale, possibly Sothbey’s based on the font type.

In my hopes that it was a Robert Salmon, in very faint pencil (which I could have missed had I not looked again in raking light!) it reads either: “Painted by” or “Purchased by John Halpen in 1852”. What? Confusing?

I included this painting in the December 13th International Art auction based on its fine quality so others could decide for themselves, is it or isn’t it a work by the great marine painter, Robert Salmon?
Posted: 10/22/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: Jamie Long


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